Over the past 13 weeks, South African TV viewers sat glued to their screens as they watched the unfolding of the scintillating ‘Win A Home’ series on SABC 3. Besides gaining tips and tricks on how to invest in a home, design and décor elements, viewers had a chance to win some incredible prizes, including the amazing home that was up for grabs in the award winning Steyn City estate.

Over a million entries were received as part of the competition and after confirming the audited results, the three lucky winners of the prizes were announced among much fanfare at a gala event at the prestigious Steyn City.

Ilona Figgins, a 54-year old from Vanderbijlpark one of the winners walked away with two gold bars; while 67 year-old Ursula Haslam hailing from Paulshof is now a proud owner of the Mercedes Benz C-Class. Josh Gloak, a 23-year old investment banker from Morningside was the ultimate prize winner of the ‘Win A Home’ competition.

Speaking on behalf of one of the sponsors, Tim Akinnusi, Head of Sales and Client Management at Nedbank Home Loans says, ‘This has been an incredible experience for viewers and ourselves alike. Over the past few weeks, we’ve taken homeowners on a journey to share insights into the ins and outs of owning a home and making it the dream home you want it to be through simple and affordable ideas showcased by some of the top talents in South Africa.’

The show saw four young, aspiring designers Jason Sandows, Jonathan Avnon, Donald Nxumalo and Liza Scholtz working with great mentors among top interior decorators namely; Amanda Elliot from Design Collective, Abilene Brodie from Head Interiors, Stephen Falcke from Stephen Falcke Interiors and Nthabi Taukobong from Ditau Interiors. The four design apprentices faced a weekly challenge of furnishing and decorating various apartments in the estate,

The viewers were also privy to a ‘Design and Décor 101’ as the designers received memorable input from their esteemed mentors.

Donald Nxumalo, mentored by Abilene Brodie emerged victorious from this challenge and walked away with a cash prize of R100,000 and a three month internship with designer, Kim Hutton.

‘Donald showed immense talent and was able to infuse his own personality into the theme of ‘AIR’ that he was tasked with for his apartment. Mentoring him was truly a delight and I am excited to see what the future holds in store for this young talent,” said Brodie.

‘These young designers proved that with careful budgeting and planning, illustrating that it is possible to design a stellar home without deviating from your budget,’ says Akinnusi. ‘Nedbank once again congratulates all of the winners of the series and wishes them well in their future endeavours.’